I realise I don't actually hate mowing and whippersnipping. I love admiring the finished job - great pity it only lasts such a short time, but the grass is great for the compost pile so there's plenty of pluses.
I just hate the equipment.
It's heavy (whippersnipper and humungous long cord), awkward to hold and hurts my hands (whippersnipper), doesn't start when it's supposed to (mower) and seems designed to drive people crazy instead of being reliable trusted gardening friends.
I bought both new this time last year (Briggs & Stratton mower and Stihl snipper). Mower has been recently serviced (a chore in itself as it is impossible for me to lift it into or out of my boot - have to wait until big strong son is around). Both bought on recommendation from the big strong guy in the Mower Shop.
When I asked the guy if there were any lessons I could take part in he looked at me like I was stupid. His look said it all, everyone knows how to mow and snip! Don't they?
I "taught" myself to mow at some point a few decades back when I was young, lean and energetic. My husband was away for some reason and I needed the lawn tidy for a garden comp. I had one of those push edge trimmers in those days. It became my husbands job again though. I also used to do a bit of whippersnipping in the Kindy yard and I can remember hating that machine back then for always fouling up and running out of cord.
I had seen my Dad mowing, had seen my husband nowing. Nothing to it. The mower men I hired for years make it look so easy and quick.
But what do I do if the mower won't start? (all psyched up, weather is right, but it won't start despite having put the lever down, primed it carefully three times and just about given myself a hernia pulling that damned cord - suspect it's flooded, but why!!?? I did it all to direction - all I can do is walk away for an hour and come back and try again)
...what do you do if the grass is wet? (I just leave it until it dries another day - repreive)
...how do you make sure the cord keeps running smoothly out of the snipper? (know now to bump it on the ground)
...how to stop the electric cord from falling off the snipper every time you take a step? (young neighbour came over and tied them in a knot around each other - that one almost drove me crazy in the beginning)
...how do you change the cord in the snipper? (keep the cord in the fridge! one thing the guy did tell me - but why are the bits you have to remove so awkward to get hold of and designed only for mens strength!)
...what to do if the b. mower still won't start!!?
...that you should wear protecitve goggles so you don't get stones in your eyes/ or chip your $1000 tri-focals (too late for that one)
....that you shouldn't wear thongs (not only from a chop-your-toes-off point of view, but also the Green Ants that get flung back on to your near naked feet are very angry and it stings for a long time after)
...which direction should you walk and how to hold the snipper to achieve best results? (still working on that one)
Is there truly reliable equipment out there that starts every time? Should I have bought an electric mower?
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